Sean Penn is an awesome actor who has acted in a few fantastic films. He has also had some lesser known roles like Rebel Without a Cause, Man on the Moon, The Damned United, and Confessions of an Unwed Mother. In addition to all of these he’s also been in tv shows like Duey and Texas Rising, Frasier, The Firm, Living the Dream, Miami Beach, and Justified, which he stars in alongside fellow Hollywood greats like Goldie Hawn, Marilu Henner, and Cuba Gooden.
Sean Penn’s first film debut was the 1985 movie No One enjoys You, which was an award winning play movie. Back in the day (1985), Sean Penn was just another actor trying to find his way in the industry, but his role in this film became one of his most memorable performances. In this film he plays with Kevin Dorsey, a young man who ends up living with an abusive family because of a run-in with a cop. After getting beat up by the police, he ends up at a counselor’s office, where a psychic predicts that he will meet a woman who will change his life. The movie then chronicles his progress meeting different girls over the next few months until he finally meets Santa Monica.
Another of Sean Penn’s movies that’s worth mentioning is that the equally fantastic Papillon. This is a true story of a puppy named Soumaya who ends up at an animal shelter following her family’s eviction from their home. When she is finally adopted by a rich Spanish couple, she is taken under the care of a dog trainer called Mariana. While there she is trained to be the perfect pet, given the chance to be with her new family. As the film progresses, she slowly falls in love with her new owner, who are the star of the show, and the film ends with her embracing her own son.
The lesser known but equally fantastic Sean Penn film that’s worthy of a mention is The Game. Starring as a played-up version of himself, Sean plays David Kleinfeld, a guy who had been formerly incarcerated on weapons charges. He then returns to California to try and get a job in a drugstore. The first impression he makes on the manager is that he’s got a gun, and then he starts to get into trouble with his ex-girlfriend who also works there. This is a tale of greed run amok, with the colorful addition of a small love triangle between the ex-girlfriend, David, along with his friend, Sam.
One other great Sean Penn film which should really be mentioned is Dead Man Walking. Although based on true events, the film focuses on the story of a young man (Mark Mcendale) who ends up walking around the graveyard for many years because of a mysterious curse that has killed him. The best bit of this film centers around how his family is dealing with his apparently unfinished death. After some soul searching, the family discovers the curse was not intended to kill him, but to scare him, which causes him to leave town and go on a cross-country trip with his dog.
One other underrated drama film that starred Sean Penn is Mystic River. This film focuses on a group of friends that end up in an ancient Indian burial place. Directed by the great Michael Douglas, the friends discover an array of artifacts and paintings, which help them solve the mystery of the skull that’s missing from the site. Although this movie did not receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture, it did win the Oscar for best director category.
Of course, one of the most significant Sean Penn films would have to be Dead Man Walking. Years later, the victim’s family must find the person responsible for his passing, while he continues to roam the world with the support of an eye doctor played by Christian Bale. Another fantastic film that starred Sean Penn involves the Mexican film named Granada. This film revolves around a young girl (Sandra Oh), who’s kidnapped by a drug lord during a botched robbery.
In conclusion, Sean Penn has had an unbelievable career. He’s picked up Academy Awards for movies that most people overlook, like Dead Man Walking and Mystic River. He’s also been nominated three times for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his roles in Good Bye, Miami and Edward Scissorhands. No wonder why people are still prepared to pay to watch his films now!